Saturday Night Live had another Hollywood figure to tackle during its show and this time it was comedian and four-time host Louis C.K.
The comic was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times exposé published on Thursday, which accused the TV writer, producer and star of either attempting to or masturbating in front of them, either in person or over the phone. On Friday, C.K. said the claims were true in a lengthy statement, and he was swiftly dropped by his representatives. FX severed ties with its longtime collaborator and star and his involvement on four current TV series: FX’s Better Things and Baskets, Amazon’s One Mississippi and TBS’ forthcoming comedy The Cops.
Saturday’s NBC sketch show was hosted by Tiffany Haddish and in her opening monologue, the Girls Trip breakout said she was told she should talk about hot topics. Though she took aim at the sexual harassment and assault allegations that are sweeping Hollywood, and other industries alike, she did not mention C.K. by name.
As part of what she called “Tiff’s Tips,” she said: “Listen fellas, listen. If you got your thing-thing out and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong. You’re in the wrong. Wait until she takes her own clothes off, then pull your thing-thing out.”
During the cold open, while having a chat with Roy Moore (Mikey Day) and the sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against the Republican Alabama Senate nominee, Beck Bennett’s Vice President Mike Pence dropped in the line, “Even I heard about Louis C.K. and I’m not allowed to watch TV, I’m only allowed to listen to it.”
During the Moore-aimed sketch, Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions also appeared and after dismissing Moore in seeming disappointment, she said to herself, “There’s so many men out there acting like monsters — Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, (cough) the president,” Sessions said. “Has this been happening forever? Have I both fostered and benefited from a culture of systemic oppression?” Sessions then quickly decided, “Nah!”
But it was Weekend Update that held its gaze on C.K. and the current climate the longest.
Co-host Colin Jost began by telling New Yorkers the brutally cold weather and the fact that “everyone you’ve ever heard of is a sex monster” are two good reasons to stay indoors. The comment came with a graphic of C.K., Spacey, Weinstein and Moore.
Of Moore, Jost said the politician’s “naughty little cowboy outfit” screams he’s guilty. Then transitioning to C.K., he said, “How are we still surprised that someone who puts the Ten Commandments up everywhere doesn’t follow them? What’s next, it turns out the guy who always jokes about masturbating wasn’t joking about masturbating?”
The weekly segment then welcomed a new character, “Claire from HR,” an overwhelmed NBC executive, played by Cecily Strong, who has been working nonstop given the current climate. Sharing questions from her annual sexual harassment guidelines seminar, Claire quizzed Jost on how to best handle workplace relationships and consent.
In a thinly veiled reference to C.K., Strong’s Claire offered three choices, with one right answer only, of how to handle office romances: Inform someone at HR, “lock her in a room and make her look at it” or “bully her out of the entire industry.”
When asking Jost the “new question” she has to do now, she gave options for “when it is okay for an adult to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old.” Taking aim at both Moore and Spacey, she asked if it’s okay “when she’s 14 but smoking a cigarette,” when “14 but it’s Alabama” and “14 but you’re gay now so, hooray, how great.”
When agreeing with Jost that it’s such an easy question, she said she didn’t understand why it had to be on the quiz and squirted Purell hand sanitizer into her mouth. She also used a prop doll to demonstrate where “your penis should be” at work (answer: never out of your pants).
“I’m sure I’ll be back next week and the week after that forever and ever because all of this isn’t just a scandal, it didn’t just start last week — it’s just actual reality for half of the population,” she closed while reading a mobile alert and exclaiming, “George Takei, no!”
Haddish, the first black female stand-up comedian to host SNL, was joined by musical guest Taylor Swift. Next week sees Chance the Rapper hosting with musical guest Eminem.
This article originally appeared in THR.